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No U.S. Troops in Syria, Kerry Says

September 3, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry reassured members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that US President Barack Obama had no intention of sending in US troops into Syria.

"Let's shut that door now," Kerry said in response to a question from Republican Senator Bob Corker. "There will be no troops on the ground for combat purposes."

Kerry said that the use of force, though limited and targeted on degrading the chemical weapons of the Syrian regime, would still have some effect on the Syrian regime's military capacity down the road.

He said he was "absolutely confident" that a resolution submitted by Obama on the US military response could be reworded to assure the American people and Congress that no US troops would be sent into Syria.

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Source: Copyright Deutsche Presse-Agentur ??? Engl 2013

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